Charlotte massage therapists can help with pain
Getting a professional massage is a well-known way to unwind and relax. It’s often a favorite among those who have stressful lifestyles and are in need of relieving the tension they carry in their muscles.
Relieving stress isn’t the only thing a massage is good for, though. In fact, it can be highly effective in treating more serious issues like back pain, chronic pain, arthritis and other similar ailments.
Celeste Christiensen, owner of highly rated Celestial Soul Premier Massage in Charlotte, N.C. says that the bulk of her client list is made up of people who suffer from chronic pain. As it turns out, desk jobs tend to be a common cause of chronic pain.
“The most common issue I deal with, hands down, is people who work at desks,” Christiensen says. “Doing a lot of sitting can throw out your lower back, neck and shoulders.”
Sitting in the same general position for long periods of time puts a great deal of stress on the muscles, and eventually, they start to tighten up and cause pain. The longer overused muscles are worked, the worse the problem gets.
“Over time the muscles that started to feel tight and tender begin to grow accustomed to their new position and eventually lock in place,” Corie Rae, of highly rated Nature’s Spa and Wellness in Charlotte, N.C. says.
“Our other, less tense muscles start to compensate. What starts to happen is you have tight, virtually inactive muscles that begin to develop thicker adhesions with minimal blood supply," she says. "Our more active, compensating muscles carry the brunt of activity, thereby suffering from overuse. This is the onset of chronic pain, postural distortions, and general dis-ease in the body.”
Of course, the only real cure is to change the habits that initially cause the pain, but massage therapy can do wonders in easing the symptoms, especially if it’s used regularly.
“Massage reduces high levels of cortisol (our stress hormone) and raises the feel good hormones, dopamine and serotonin, which calms and relaxes the muscle,” Rae says.
Many people wonder what to expect from a massage therapy session. Christiensen explains that it depends entirely on each person and the problems they experience.
“I take a long time and ask specific questions to get to know my client and their issues, and then I customize the procedure,” she says. “My goal is to try to get to the root of the problem and fix it.”
Christiensen insists that if someone suffers from chronic pain, it’s important that they find a Charlotte massage therapist they can build a relationship with. “If you see one therapist consistently and develop a relationship with them, they can learn your body and your problems,” she says.
Giving your massage therapist enough time to learn about you will help them to figure out what you need so they can create a personalized treatment for you.
There are also ways that you can prevent the onset of chronic pain on your own in between massage therapy sessions. Maintaining a stretching routine can help to keep your muscles in good shape.
It’s also important that you pay attention to how you feel, pain is your body’s way of telling you that there’s something wrong. This, along with massage therapy, can help to alleviate issues with chronic pain.